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The Russian Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 20 people following raids related to a malware campaign dubbed “Cron” which had been emptying victims' bank accounts. A Russian security company, Group IB, reckons the raids also thwarted plans to take the campaign international – to Great Britain, Germany, France, the …

  1. Gordon Pryra

    group probably bought its tools on a Trojan-trading site

    One thing that script kiddies fail to understand is that its pretty hard to actually stay anonymous the moment money begins to move about.

    They should have spent some cash and got one of those special HSBC accounts.......

  2. bobbear

    Big mistake..

    The fatal mistake that they made was to attack Russian bank accounts, by the sound of it...

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: Big mistake..

      "The fatal mistake that they made was to attack Russian bank accounts, by the sound of it..."

      Not as such... but they emptied at least one account they had better left alone.

      1. Ian Bush

        Re: Big mistake..

        I just assumed they didn't pay the local "taxes"

    2. James 51 Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Re: Big mistake..

      Yea, the impression I've gotten from reading other stories is that in you're in the CIS and you leave the CIS alone and target aboard the worst that will happen to you is that you'll get a tap on the shoulder every once in a while and asked to do a favour in return for not being arrested. It's once you start fouling the nest that the problems start.

  3. Anonymous South African Coward Silver badge

    Now if only they can find the wcry perps...

  4. EnviableOne Bronze badge

    I'm sure the FSB put the fancy bear on it ...... (if it wasn't them in the first place.)

  5. CustardGannet
    Devil

    "US$883,000 – a relatively paltry amount"

    Did you used to work for Accenture ?

    1. thegroucho
      Pint

      Re: "US$883,000 – a relatively paltry amount"

      Upvoted you just because of the cool handle/username!

  6. Marketing Hack Silver badge

    Some Russian hackers forgot to pay off their local cops....

    I bet they still would be on the street if they had.

    1. JustWondering

      Re: Some Russian hackers forgot to pay off their local cops....

      A little insurance is always a good idea.

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